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The Shackleton & Selous Society

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The recently launched Shackleton & Selous Society is an invitation-only global society of elite guides founded by four renowned Africa-based operators who have been joined by their most respected peers in other remote regions. The Society is named after two iconic explorers from over a century ago, Antarctic expedition leader Ernest Shackleton and South- East African adventurer Frederick Selous.
The Fellows have the expertise, the insight, the practical connections and the personal creativity to develop a tailor-made safari or travel experience for their clients. Those with the money to afford them - and we're talking upwards of $1,000 per person per day here (and that's a conservative starting price) - can expect the remote parts of the world delivered to them in style.
There is almost nothing these Fellows can't do. No two safaris are alike. They are not in a printed brochure or online, and are not scripted. The Fellows not only plan but personally travel with their clients to all of the camps and often build mobile camps according to the specifications and desires of their clients with staff moving one or two days in advance of the guests to set up.
Luxury Travel Adventure in Africa
Howard Saunders
This is the ultimate in personalized travel and it is not unusual for Fellows to travel to their clients' homes to help plan itineraries. Howard Saunders one of the Society's founders says, "This level of client often wants to us to come to them and we're happy to do so. Once I have been introduced to a client I often work with them for many years on different expeditions and itineraries. The Society will allow me to offer my clients new experiences in other parts of the world with Fellows I trust."

This is because the Fellows are undisputed leaders in their chosen fields and are well schooled in the fine arts of elegant adventure travel (not an easy combination for lesser organisers). They have a lot of experience in taking extremely discerning guests to some of the most remote and untouched areas on Earth where they have developed deep and respectful relationships with the people and the land over many years. As well as their extraordinary levels of local knowledge, the Fellows are renowned as passionate conservationists, erudite historians, and perceptive anthropologists.

Luxury Travel Adventure in Africa

The current Fellows have led tours to some of the world's most remote and remarkable destinations, including: all the Arctic territories; Antarctica; Alaska; Eastern and Southern Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and Ethiopia); Australia and New Zealand; Turkey; Mongolia; Myanmar (Burma); Bhutan; and Patagonia and the Galapagos Islands.

A testament to the high calibre of the Shackleton & Selous Society Fellows is that even before its official launch the Leading Hotels of the World (in our experience a very discerning organisation) had chosen to partner with the Society to offer LHW's Leaders Club members access to some of the world's last great wild places . All Leaders Club members will receive dedicated access to the personal journeys organized and led by the Shackleton & Selous Fellows. So keen are LHW on the partnership they are even throwing in a bonus pair of of Nikon binoculars to members who engage the Society for all trips in excess of US$5,000 (easy to do given the exclusive nature of the expeditions).

To celebrate the launch of this new partnership, Leading Hotels has announced the exclusive Leaders Club Invitational Southern African Safari, taking place from November 22 to 29, 2013.
During the weeklong adventure, participants will be under the expert guidance of Michael Lorentz, renowned for his passion for sharing Africa and its wildlife with his guests, as well as his commitment to its conservation. It also includes a stay at The Saxon Hotel in Johannesburg, a visit to the unique ecosystem of the Okavango Delta, home to an incredible array of bird and wildlife. Highlights include:
  • Three nights' luxury accommodation at Chitabe Camp and the services of Dr. Tico McNutt for one day at Chitabe Camp. Tico is the founder of the Botswana Predator Conservation Trust, one of the longest running research projects in Africa. He and his team have spent the past 23 years researching carnivores in the Delta, most notably wild dog.
  • Luxury accommodation at Vumbura Plains where guest will experience the expertise of Mike Chas, founder of Elephants Without Borders, a charitable organization dedicated to conserving wildlife in Southern Africa, most notably elephants.
Adventure Travel in Africa
Michael Lorentz
The cost for the experience is USD 12,800 per person, sharing: USD 2,350 single supplement.

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